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8/26/2014 - 92 Million Dollar Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week. The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP) represents a five-year plan between USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Economy to improve Afghanistan's educational programs according to international standards....

8/25/2014 - Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit
Friday, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined a federal lawsuit challenging a Louisiana TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law set to take effect September 1. The suit, filed on behalf of health care workers in Baton Rouge, seeks an injunction against Louisiana HB 388, which requires abortion providers in the state to obtain local hospital admitting privileges....

8/25/2014 - California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion
Two Catholic universities in California will no longer be allowed to exclude abortion coverage from their health insurance plans, according to a decision from the state;s Department of Managed Health Care. The state of California had previously decided to allow the insurance companies for Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara universities to deny abortion coverage, except in cases where it was needed to save a woman's life or health....

8/25/2014 - Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Generation Launch
WASHINGTON, DC -- Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for an exciting new national civil engagement campaign - the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out - they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, volunteering, and more....

8/25/2014 - Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the Moral Week of Action
The Moral Mondays movement, which consists of weekly protests in North Carolina against the state legislature's far-right policies, has announced a Moral Week of Action from August 22 to 28 that will take place in 11 additional states....

8/22/2014 - Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down
The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area will lose one of its abortion providers today when the Lebanon Road Surgery Center closes its doors....

8/22/2014 - Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia
The US Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday to stay a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia's marriage equality ban....

8/21/2014 - Flexible Work Requests Produce Fatherhood Bonus and Motherhood Penalty
According to a recent study, men who request flexible work schedules are advantaged over women who make the same requests. In the study by Dr....

8/21/2014 - Reproductive Justice Activists Testify Before UN About Health Care Discrimination
A joint study by three major women's health advocacy groups calls attention to the overwhelming disparity in health outcomes for women of color in the United States....

8/21/2014 - Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
A bill that criminalizes HIV transmission has been signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations....

8/20/2014 - In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue
The current outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 1200 people in West Africa, with Liberia having the largest increase in deaths according to the latest reportable data....

8/20/2014 - United Nations and US Attorney General Defend Rights of Demonstrators in Ferguson
The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials during ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri caught the attention of the world this week, with UN officials and US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking out in defense of demonstrators there....

8/20/2014 - Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....

8/19/2014 - Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire....

8/19/2014 - Trayvon Martin's Mom Sends Words of Encouragement and Strength to Michael Brown Family
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, shared her hurt over the killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown and offered words of encouragement in a heartbreaking letter to the Brown family published by Time magazine. "I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents," Sybrina Fulton wrote....

8/18/2014 - ACLU Sues After St. Louis County Police Deny Open Records Request in Ferguson
After a full week of standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed two lawsuits against the local police department. Thursday, the ACLU of Missouri sued St....

8/18/2014 - Low Income Transgender Residents in Oregon to Gain Access to Government Funded Care
Last week, Oregon state officials voted to ensure the state's low-income transgender residents have access to transition-related care. The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has not reviewed its treatment of transgender care since the late 1990s....

8/18/2014 - Suicidal Rape Victim Denied Abortion in Ireland
A suicidal young woman who became pregnant as a result of rape was refused an abortion in Ireland. The woman, now 18, was raped as a minor....

8/15/2014 - Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement
After close to two decades, a Peruvian woman raped by a doctor while she was seeking care at a local hospital will finally receive justice....

8/15/2014 - National Moment Of Silence Draws Massive Crowd in Nation's Capital
In an overwhelming display of solidarity and outpouring of grief, hundreds of students, activists, parents, allies, and members of the press gathered at the center of Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC as part of the National Moment of Silence (NMOS) for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality that took place across the country last night. NMOS14 was coordinated by online and community activist Feminista Jones in collaboration with individual community leaders following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri....

8/14/2014 - Undercover Video Exposes Anti-Abortion Extremist Tactics in Texas
NARAL Pro-Choice Texas recently released a video exposing anti-abortion extremists' use of alarming intimidation tactics in Texas. The video contains audio recording of a training, entitled "Keeping Abortion Facilities Closed," hosted by anti-abortion groups at the Texas State Capitol on August 4....

8/14/2014 - Mississippi Attorney General Pushes Circuit Court to Close the State's Last Clinic
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is asking the full US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse a panel decision that upheld a preliminary injunction of Mississippi's TRAP law, allowing the state's only abortion clinic to remain open. Just weeks ago, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction barring implementation of HB 1390, Mississippi's 2012 TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law that requires doctors to gain admitting privileges from an area hospital....

8/13/2014 - EEOC Files Sexual Harassment Suit On Female Farmworkers' Behalf
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of several women farmworkers alleging that a Colorado potato warehouse violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allowing managers to sexually harass female employees. In a press release issued last week, the EEOC said managers at MountainKing Potatoes - which also does business as Smokin' Spuds, Inc....

8/13/2014 - Activists Connect Shooting of Michael Brown to Movement for Reproductive Justice
The shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer on Saturday has sparked days of protests in and around the St....

8/12/2014 - Affordable Contraception Program in Colorado's Impact is Overwhelmingly Positive
After IUDs and contraceptive implants were made more affordable in Colorado, teen pregnancies and abortion rates and public health spending in the state significantly decreased. The number of teen pregnancies in Colorado decreased 40 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment....